Sarychat-Ertash State Nature Reserve

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Sarychat-Ertash State Nature Reserve
LocationIssyk-Kul Region, Kyrgyzstan
Nearest cityKarakol
Area72,080 hectares

The Sarychat-Ertash State Nature Reserve is located in Issyk-Kul Region of Kyrgyzstan. It was established in 1995 with a purpose of conservation of unique nature complexes, rare and threatened species of flora and fauna of syrt area of Issyk-Kul Region, and maintaining regional environmental balance. The reserve currently occupies 134,140 hectares including 72,080 hectares of core area.[1]

The reserve was founded mainly to protect the endangered snow leopard and the argali, a large wild sheep of Central Asia. Other large mammals are Siberian ibex, wild boar, Eurasian lynx, Eurasian wolf and Eurasian brown bear. Smaller and medium-sized mammals, include red fox, pallas cat, stone marten, badger, tolai hare and gray marmot. The reserve is excluded of any usage, including tourism.[2]


  1. ^ Protected Areas of Central Asia and Kazakhstan: Sarychat-Ertash State Nature Reserve (in Russian), retrieved 4 July 2011
  2. ^ Jennifer L. McCarthy, Kyle P. McCarthy, Todd K. Fuller, and Thomas M. McCarthy (2010). Assessing Variation in Wildlife Biodiversity in the Tien Shan Mountains of Kyrgyzstan Using Ancillary Camera-trap Photos. Mountain Research and Development (MRD) PDF

Coordinates: 41°57′N 78°32′E / 41.950°N 78.533°E / 41.950; 78.533